Thursday, May 17, 2007


Democrats Seek No-Confidence Vote on Gonzales

A vote of no confidence has a technical meaning in parliamentary systems; it seems strange to me to borrow that term for a nonbinding "we're not happy with you" Sense of the Senate resolution. It makes perfectly good literal sense-- I don't have any confidence in Gonzales either-- but comes across as an attempt to borrow very serious language from other constitutional systems for an action that's meaningless in the U.S.

Has this ever been done before? Has either house of Congress ever passed something it called a "no-confidence" resolution?

Update: Asked and answered. Thanks to Professor Markell for the pointer.